Rayside Balfour Canadians forward Nicholas DeGrazia is December’s winner of the TOPPERS PIZZA TOP PERFORMER AWARD. DeGrazia, 18, leads the Rayside Balfour Canadians in scoring with 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in 10 games and currently ranks 7th overall in league scoring.
The Thunder Bay native led the Canadians to two wins over the Blind River Beavers in the month of December by scoring 5 goals and 5 assists for 10 points in 4 games against the first-place Beavers. DeGrazia receives his TOPPER PIZZA award courtesy of Regional Manager Rob Minnini of TOPPERS PIZZA.
DeGrazia, who now stands 6’1” and weighs-in at 180 lbs, was recently recognized by NHL Central Scouting as a top prospect for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The Thunder Bay native has thrived under the added pressure. DeGrazia is now scoring at a 1.5 points per game clip. Last season, DeGrazia, who led the Canadians in scoring, finished the year by scoring 1.33 points per game.
“DeGrazia’s speed is his greatest weapon” states Canadians Head Coach Vagelli Sakellaris. “Nick has the ability to beat defenders one-on-one with his outside speed and he also likes to drive the net. He is very difficult to defend against and has become a very dangerous scoring threat even when we are playing short-handed.”
In addition to leading the Canadians in points, DeGrazia is tied with teammate Owen Perala in goals with 7 markers each. DeGrazia is tied with teammate Brady Maltais for most assists with 8. DeGrazia is tied with teammate Oliver Smith for the most short-handed goals on the team with 2.
DeGrazia and his teammates will now return home for the Holiday break and are set to return to Sudbury on January 9th. The Canadians will begin practicing for two weeks at the Chelmsford Arena for two weeks prior to taking-on their next NOJHL West Division opponent in a 6-game mini-series.
The Rayside Balfour Canadians would like to wish everyone a safe and healthy Holiday Season!